Interim : Interdisciplinary Journal - Volume 5, Issue 2, 2006
Volume 5, Issue 2, 2006
Author J.J.C. BadenhorstSource: Interim : Interdisciplinary Journal 5, pp 1 –9 (2006)More Less
The traditional classroom can't stay the same and change is needed. Classroom activities where face to face teaching is the dominant method, is not the most effective delivery method when a learner-centered approach is followed. The learning experiences of students can be greatly enhanced by introducing a blend of delivery methods that complement the learning material and the students' involvement. When compiling the blend of methods it is important to carefully select methods that suit the content and the aim of the learning activity. It is therefore essential to analyse the present learning situation to implement the most effective blended solution. One of the elements of the strategic plan of the Central University of Technology, Free State is to facilitate and enhance access for all students. This implies that a student must freely have access to learning material and learning activities. Using only one delivery method restricts access. Blending more than one method can also create confusion for a student. The need for a management tool is obvious to give structure to the blended solution. With WebCT activities and learning material are electronically available to the student. The lecturer facilitates the learning process by using the WebCTTM platform to guide the student through the learning experience. Face to face delivery is enhanced and managed by the electronic technology facilities of a Learning Management System (LMS). The purpose of this paper is to descriptionbe how a LMS can be used effectively as a management tool to change the traditional face to face learning experience to a guided learning experience where the student is central in the learning process.
The in-service training of Correctional Services Staff at the Kroonstad satellite campuses of the Central University of Technology, Free State (CUT) and the Department Correctional Services (DCS)Author Gertrude BohlokoSource: Interim : Interdisciplinary Journal 5, pp 10 –20 (2006)More Less
The Department of Correctional Services (DCS) has three satellite campuses respectively in Krugersdorp, Zonderwater and Kroonstad in the Free State. For the purpose of this paper in the discussion group sessions of the SASCE conference, the focus is on the Kroonstad satellite campus where the Central University of Technology, Free State (CUT) also operat es a regional learning centre. Here, Correctional Services staff can further their studies for a National Diploma in Correctional Service Management or they can study at the UNISA learning centre which is situated in Kroonstad. In practice, Correctional Services staffs who want to further their in-service training can receive quality instruction from their instructors, who also offer part time lectures at the CUT as well as at the UNISA learning centres. The problem, however, is that both the CUT and UNISA are restructuring their services due to government policy and mergers of higher education institutions in the Free State. Subs equently, the purpose of this discussion paper will be an effort to regenerate the good practises for quality in service training opportunities for DCS-staff in order to obtain higher educational qualifications. This will serve to address the urgent outcry for the improvement of quality training and development of DCS- staff not only at provincial level but also at National level (Fredericks, 2006).
Author Herman VermaakSource: Interim : Interdisciplinary Journal 5, pp 21 –28 (2006)More Less
As explained by Vermaak , mechatronics make up a mechanism or automation ""cell"" such as the conveyor system that was built in this project. Mechatronics refers to the integration of a number of actuator systems, computer soft- and hardware, embedded controllers, electronics and sensors. This project involves the development of a Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system for a conveyor belt using a PLC and the research and implementation of products and devices that will form part of an automated system remotely monitoring and controlling the manufacturing processes of different types of products via the internet.
Author H. VermaakSource: Interim : Interdisciplinary Journal 5, pp 29 –36 (2006)More Less
This study concentrates on the development of a dedicated robot vision system to automatically place components exiting from a conveyor system onto Automatic Guided Vehicles (AGV). This paper provides an overview of a rotator unit and the illumination methods used in the vision system.
Author H.R. HaySource: Interim : Interdisciplinary Journal 5, pp 37 –53 (2006)More Less
The use of electronic teaching and learning devices in the teaching of undergraduate courses at practically all higher education institutions is a common occurrence nowadays. Lecturers are exploiting the benefits of teaching by means of additional devices such as the computer and related technologies. The subject mathematics is not at all left out of the equation. This paper reports on research that was done on the implementation of a blended learning approach to e-learning in the teaching and learning of undergraduate mathematics at the Central University of Technology, Free State during 2005. It was found that the mentioned approach does add value to the learning experiences of individual students.
Author Jeannet MolopyaneSource: Interim : Interdisciplinary Journal 5, pp 54 –62 (2006)More Less
The study conducted in this discussion document is intended to ensure a development of an integrated framework into the information literacy programme as offered by the Central University of Technology, Free state, to be able to observe the application of that framework and evaluate the output of the study. The framework deals with information interpretation, information application, information evaluation and new knowledge creation. The participants in the study are twenty learners from the Somatology programme. The constructive grounded theory seemed to be the most relevant since free interaction took place.
Author A. SaaymanSource: Interim : Interdisciplinary Journal 5, pp 63 –76 (2006)More Less
Arts festivals, as a form of event tourism, are becoming more and more popular in South Africa with new festivals developing annually. The Volksblad Arts Festival in Bloemfontein celebrated its fifth anniversary in 2005. The purpose of this paper is to indicate the economic impact of the annual Volksblad Arts Festival on the local economy of Bloemfontein. Results will also be compared with research done at other popular festivals in South Africa. It was found that the Volksblad Arts Festival is a tourism activity of note which stimulates the local economy, although the majority of the impact is generated locally and does not represent basic income that flows into the region from other areas.
Author W.P.C. Van AmeromSource: Interim : Interdisciplinary Journal 5, pp 77 –84 (2006)More Less
The written examination paper still remains the preferred form of assessment at higher education institutions. The South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) (2001:24) confirms this reality but suggests that it becomes an option and not the rule of thumb anymore. When observing the compilation process of the examination paper it is quite striking how lecturers simply ""pick"" the content areas to be assessed, formulate questions according to their preferred learning style and thinking preferences, and show little to no feelings of pride and enjoyment in their examination paper creations. The main focus of this paper is to provide lecturers with a toolkit of creative ideas on how to give the external and internal layout of the examination paper some learning modality appeal.
Author A.J. Van ZylSource: Interim : Interdisciplinary Journal 5, pp 85 –98 (2006)More Less
To achieve the national objectives of equitable and sustainable social and economic development, strategies and institutional arrangements for water resources management must be developed by water boards. There are also specific requirements in the National Water Act (NWA) for water resources management activities to support the provision of water services. Many challenges face water resource managers in ensuring that these national objectives be met and to be compliant with the requirements set by the NWA. Neither the resources nor the time required to address these objectives should be underestimated. Availability of knowledge on best practices on water transfer between dams and reservoirs is of utmost importance to assure stability in water supply in a water scarce region like the Free State. The growing economy and scarcity of skilled workers contribute negatively to this. To ensure stability in the water supply by the local Water Board, the need for an Operational Management System (OMS), where knowledge can be captured and updated, is essential. The benefits of the Human- Computer Synergy can be implemented to accomplish this (Oz 2000: 14). This project's focus will be to determine the operational rules (knowledge needed) for such a system and the development of a framework to implement the OMS.